Sunday, June 24, 2012

Goodwill, good paint, good hard work for a son home from college!

My son, Robert, is home for the summer after a successful freshman year at the University of Tennessee.  He looked for a job diligently but had little success.  He's trying to raise funds to take a trip to the Dominican Republic in late July and have a little saved for spending money next year.  When his job search became so desperate that he applied at Captain D's, I decided I'd let him in on my little secret.  
Goodwill, good paint and good hard work can pay off big!  
This is one of the first pieces Robert helped me with.  Total cost for the piece and supplies... $40.  Sold for $175 within about 2 weeks at our favorite shop, Then &Again Home Marketplace, in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
We painted the base with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Step one was a coat was in Old Ochre and then we did a French Linen wash. I found these fabulous little knobs at Hobby Lobby... never seem them before or since.  They add a little tasteful bling.
A close ip of the knobs.  Great.... right?  :-)

We added this little decorative piece which added lots of character and covered a tacky little carved flower.  It's little touches like that can totally change a piece. 

Here's the little stool after we finished with it.  Want to see the before?

Lovely... right? And this is AFTER I cleaned all the disgusting gunk off of it.  
 Here's a "Before" of one of the drawers.  I'm not a pink person and this was NOT appealing to me.  (Sorry to you pinkies out there!  I'm in a house full of men!)

So... what do you think?  I just loved the final product. 

Oh... I didn't mention... Robert is now a masterful painted.  I think he's done over 10 pieces at this point.  I'll share more!

Thanks for stopping by!


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